August 1, 2019

Clutter is easily accumulated, often difficult to dispose of, and a hazard to your facilities.

By clutter I mean those couple of extra desks, the 5’ wide roll of butcher paper left over from “that” project, the sets from the school play twelve years ago, etc.

Stuff just seems to accumulate. Often someone feels that the items can be used again – some day; or that someone will be able to use that – if only we can find that someone; or, we have the space, so what is the harm?

The harm may be that it b...

July 30, 2019

Just Imagine…

Overcast. Cold. Sleeting. Roger walks into the lobby of his office as he does every workday.  Suddenly, he feels an incredible pain in his right knee and a throbbing pain in his head.  He also realizes he’s looking up at the ceiling.  As he is bundled up into the ambulance, the facility manager realizes that if the wet floors in the lobby had been mopped this could have been avoided.

Properly managing a facility’s risk makes financial sense, but most importantly greatly inc...

July 16, 2019

The usual state of affairs.

Tradition holds that the best way to have a major project completed is through the Design / Bid / Build model. Architects design. General Contractors bid the project. Owner picks low bid (because “everyone” knows when there are multiple bids, competition naturally results in competitive bids.)  The selected GC builds the project. Everyone is happy.

Or are they?

The design team is usually rushed to complete the plans. GCs beat up subcontractors to get the lowest price. Th...

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